King celebration to be held Jan. 14

The Martin Luther King Jr. Howard County Holiday Commission will present the county's 22nd Commemorative Celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 14 in Smith Theatre at Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia.


Walter B. Hill Jr., senior archivist and subject area specialist for Afro-American history at the University of Maryland, will discuss the holdings of the National Archives that focus on the life of King.

Gigi Barnett, a reporter for WJZ-TV, will be master of ceremonies.


Cash awards will be given to students who entered the Martin Luther King Essay Contest.

The Spry Sisters and SGI Women African Drummers will perform. Noor Oweis, a 10th-grader, will read an essay about King. The program is to end with the singing of "We Shall Overcome."

Refreshments will be served. The celebration is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. The college is handicap accessible.

Information: 410-313-6430. Reservations are not required. To request a sign language interpreter, call TTY, 410-313- 6401 tomorrow.

Luncheon planned with legislators

The League of Women Voters of Howard County will hold its annual luncheon with the county delegation to the General Assembly at 11:30 a.m. tomorrow in the auditorium at Bethany United Methodist Church, 2875 Bethany Lane, Ellicott City. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

The event is open to the public. Admission is $15 for nonmembers. Reservations: 410-730-0142.

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed, active participation in government.


King breakfast to be held Sunday

The Alpha Foundation of Howard County Inc. will hold its 32nd Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast to celebrate King's vision and legacy. The breakfast will be held Sunday at Martin's West.

Darryl R. Matthews Sr. will speak. The theme will be "Reviving the Dream: What Would Martin Want Us to Do?"

Tickets are $37, and $23 for children to age 12. Proceeds will help fund scholarships, leadership development and mentoring programs for African-American students in Howard County.

Information: Harvey Moran, 410-992-7459.

Ulman to discuss transportation


County Executive Ken Ulman will discuss transportation in Howard County at the next meeting of the Transportation Advocates, to be held from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way, Columbia.

Information: 410-203-1178.

Benefit trip set to Arena Stage

The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County will sponsor a trip to see the August Wilson play Gem of the Ocean at Washington's Arena Stage. The group will attend a matinee performance at 2 p.m. March 3. A bus will leave from the Columbia area at noon March 3.

Tickets for the fundraiser are $70, including transportation. A nonrefundable deposit of $25 is required; the balance must be paid by Feb. 1. Proceeds will be used for the council's school programs for African-American students, Elders in the Schools.

Information or to reserve tickets: 301-854-3746 or 410-489- 4766.


ACS to discuss philanthropy

The Association of Community Services will discuss "A Portrait of Philanthropy: Howard Legacy Study," at its meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Meeting House in Oakland Mills Village Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia.

The study identifies the capacity for bequest-making in the county and is designed to assist Howard County nonprofit groups in encouraging bequests as a financial resource. Board members of local nonprofit organizations are encouraged to attend.

Lunch can be ordered at; order forms must be submitted by Jan. 12. The cost is $7, payable at the door. Forms should be faxed to 410-379-1308.

Information: 410-796-7824, or

Christmas trees can be recycled


Options for recycling Christmas tree are being offered through the county government's Merry Mulch program. The recycled trees will made into compost and mulch, saving valuable space at the county's landfill.

Christmas trees can be recycled between 7:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. seven days a week, through Jan. 19, at drop-off sites around the county.

Sites include:

Kendall Hardware, 12260 Route 108 and River Hill Garden Center, 12165 Route 108, both in Clarksville;

Cedar Lane Park, 5081 Cedar Lane and Grandfather's Garden Center, 5320 Phelps Luck Drive (east of U.S. 29, near Route 108), both in Columbia;

Rockburn Park, 5400 Landing Road, Elkridge;


Circuit Court small parking lot on upper Court House Drive (just past Ellicott Mills Drive), Ellicott City;

Glenwood Park, 14675 Carrs Mill Road and Glenwood Gardens, 2945 Route 97, both in Glenwood;

Schooley Mill Park, 12975 Hall Shop Road, Highland;

Alpha Ridge Landfill Residents' Convenience Center, 2350 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville;

Savage Park, 8400 Fair St., Savage.